The essay contemplates the importance of the 2004 special issue of GLQ titled “The Work of Friendship: In Memoriam Alan Bray.” The volume offers a critical flashpoint for tracing ongoing debates about the history of sexuality and about the role of queer theory in discussions of past historical periods. The present essay also reflects on the role of friends and social networks in sustaining scholarly communities and discussions.
John S. Garrison is an associate professor in the Department of English at Grinnell College. He is author of Friendship and Queer Theory in the Renaissance (Routledge, 2014), Glass (Bloomsbury, 2015), and Shakespeare and the Afterlife (Oxford University Press, 2018), as well as coeditor of Sexuality and Memory in Early Modern England: Literature and the Erotics of Recollection (Routledge, 2015) and Making Milton: Writing, Publication, Reception (Oxford University Press, 2019).
John S. Garrison; On Friendship. GLQ 1 January 2019; 25 (1): 79–83. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10642684-7275516
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